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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reminder: Altadena’s Urban Forest is Tonight’s Topic at the Community Center

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Altadena Heritage brings two experts to the Altadena Community Center tonight at 7:00 p.m. to tell us what we all can do to help preserve and revitalize Altadena’s precious horticultural heritage.

Don Hodel is the environmental horticulture advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension, L.A. County. His presentation will focus on:

• the beauty and benefits of trees in urban areas;
• drought-tolerant, sustainable, low-maintenance landscaping techniques; and
• how to select trees that are suitable for Altadena’s climate, along with tips for planting, irrigation, feeding and mulching.

Frank McDonough is the botanical information consultant for the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. His presentation will explain:

• proper pruning methods;
• the negative consequences of bad pruning; and
• solutions for trees that have been damaged by poor topping/trimming, or by area pathologies such as the polyphagous shot hole borer.

Attendees will be able to ask questions, and will be the first to learn about Altadena Heritage’s new tree-trimming campaign – “Stop it. Don’t top it.” – and an upcoming contest to identify Altadena’s “Heritage Trees.”

Altadena Community Center is located at 730 East Altadena Drive.

This free event – open to the public – is part of Altadena’s continuing Sustainability Series. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to AltadenaHeritage@earthlink.net.

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